I'm a 23 year old guy and I recently learned I have two severely herniated discs in my low back. As the doctor remarked, my back has the degeneration he typically sees in a 70 year old. The pain has been upwards of unbearable. I own two companies and take 18 credits, so it's required that I sit in a chair and work a lot, and I often have to drive to client meetings and such, and that has just added to this frustration. I bought a new car just because I needed a smoother ride (got a Infiniti G37, would definitely recommend it. the back support is so amazing) and I've had to completely redo my lifestyle. I used to be an avid runner and I LOVED exercise, it was my only way of relieving stress... now I have none. I've been working very hard (and so far been successful) at not taking out the anger and frustration out on the people I love. My girlfriend and family have never seen me get mad, and I've only broken down into tears once (when I found out I have to have surgery in two weeks).
Right now they have me on MScontin and Oxycodone for break through pain, along with Tizanidine for muscle relaxation. I have a very high tolerance to pain medicine (they said some people are just like this?), and it was actually the same case with my Grandma as well. I remember when I was 18 and had my wisdom teeth taken out, I just threw out my pain medicine (my mom said it was vicodin?) because it literally didn't effect me at all.
Last week Friday, I almost had to go into emergency surgery after having a very hard time with my ability to urinate and during the cortizone shot, the doctor was doing the live x-ray and expressed a lot of concern and had me go see another doctor for another test. He said my back appears to be at an 8/10 in severity. I've had two rounds of cortisone shots and literally no relief came from them. I'm trying really hard to stay positive though, because I know no matter how bad it is, it can always get worse.
The minute the pain medicine starts to wear off I can tell because the pains starts radiating in my back, it almost feels like a pulsing, throbbing pain, like someone has a knife stuck in my back and is twisting and turning it. Without pain medicine, I can barely walk or sit in a chair and complete bedrest just isn't an option since I have employees, projects, and lots of school. I'm enrolled in my final semester of college and the injury happened in January, so I've been fighting this the entire semester while continuing the giant juggling act that I call my life.
One of the best things for me is that my girlfriend is 31 and has a herniated disc in her neck and middle back, so she knows sort of what I'm going through. On the nights when I late in bed sleepless, she doesn't mind that I stay up till 4AM reading on my phone and she doesn't give me $$$$ for taking 5-15 minutes to take a p and peeing every 15 minutes since I can never go all the way. The doctors at first thought the peeing issue was related to the pain medicine, so I stopped all medicine for a week (good lord was that painful as hell) and the problem persisted, in fact it actually got worse.
Anyway, I just wanted to say I'm really grateful I found these forums and it's been therapeutic to read other peoples experiences and know that I am not alone.
So the questions:
I have to have an endoscopic discectomy on my back. Anyone heard of this?
Any tips for coping with the pain when out? For example, say you're out on a date and you have to sit in a chair for two hours, how do you keep your sanity? As my back gets worse, it's been harder and harder to stay, I've had to cut a lot of dinner dates short and just get a take home box because I can't bear sitting any longer.
Anyone else here this young? I'm awfully sad about this happening so early in my life. I used to run 8 miles a day and god damn, I just don't know what to think.
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